hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Recent Examples on the Web Paramount+ to launch next week starting at $4.99 with ads Having had to wait a long time, the major U.S. carriers were certainly hungry for access to these mid-band frequencies. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, "What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are buying up: The 5G battle between US carriers just got very interesting," 27 Feb. 2021 Everyone is hungry for good news in 2021, so get your newsworthy ideas — and your brand — out there for more people to see. Damon Burton, Forbes, "How To Make Your Press Releases And Blog Posts More Relevant For SEO," 25 Feb. 2021 Despite divisive politics, conspiracy theories and a botched U.S. rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Americans are hungry for information about vaccines, new data from Google reveals. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "5 things everyone wants to know about the COVID-19 vaccine," 18 Feb. 2021 Liberals in his district, which stretches from the Boston suburbs to Fall River, are hungry for a rematch. Victoria Mcgrane,, "Jake Auchincloss swings left in Congress amid lingering progressive skepticism," 15 Feb. 2021 People who were hungry for fashion knowledge had many channels with which to access it, like MTV, movies, and television series. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "In the 1990s, Fashion Collided With Celebrity to Spectacular Effect—on Episode 10 of In Vogue," 20 Nov. 2020 Restaurateur Bill Lee, whose Far East Cafe is a block away, said all the exercising was bound to make park goers hungry. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dragons breathe new life into S.F. Chinatown playground after $15 million renovation," 12 Feb. 2021 Each has taken a different path, but all three have arrived at the same place: great Thai for a city hungry for more. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "3 great new San Antonio Thai restaurants: Hello Paradise, Kin Thai & Sushi and Hew by Akhanay Coffee Roasters," 11 Feb. 2021 The coop is as much the satellite-city skyscraper apartment as the straw huts, in which hundreds of millions of Indians sleep hungry. Karthik Purushothaman, The New Republic, "The White Tiger Inverts the Indian Rags-to-Riches Story," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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5 Mar 2021

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“Hungry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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